St. Clair traveled to Herculaneum Thursday and left with an 8-1 loss.

The Bulldogs (7-12, 2-4) ends the regular season next week with games Tuesday at home against Washington and Wednesday at New Haven.

“As we have learned lately, the first inning is a big one for us,” said St. Clair Head Coach Rob Hauck. “Depending on how we do in the first inning seems to determine our energy for the rest of the game. We had a few mistakes in the first and that led to a three-run inning for them. We just put ourselves in a hole right off the bat and it’s hard to come back from that against good teams.”

Travis Sanders pitched two innings and suffered the loss. He allowed six runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Jake Oermann worked four innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

“They have some good hitters on their team. It seemed like every time they came up, they had runners on to drive in,” Hauck said. “We needed to do a better job of working around the best hitters and making the others hurt us.”

Jake Calkins and Ben Feddersen both collected two hits for the Bulldogs. Calkins scored the lone run.

Jesse Sheldon (double) and Sanders (double) both finished with one hit. Sheldon also drew two walks and had one RBI.

Matt Barns and Ayden Carey both walked once.

“We had some really good at-bats and they made some plays, but we never got enough going to make a real threat,” Hauck said.